UN SDG

PROBLEM-SOLVERS, CHANGE-MAKERS AND CHANGE-AMBASSADORS, THIS IS FOR YOU. 

A series of 12 action-oriented 1-hour webinars aimed at what you
- the practicing architect, interior designer, landscape architect -
can do to foster prosperity while protecting the planet.

What will we leave behind? How can we fix the future? Will we leave the world a better place than we found it?

 

As architects, interior designers, landscape architects, you hold incredible power. The power to shape the built environment in which we live, love, work, play, and die.

You are - by design - problem solvers and we feel lucky to have the privilege to curate topics that help you solve today’s biggest challenges. That’s our small contribution and we take it very seriously. Yours is much greater. This is why, in 2020, we are offering a series of 12 action-oriented 1-hour webinars aimed at what design professionals can do to foster prosperity while protecting the planet. We will be tackling hunger, energy, peace, poverty, etc. No, we won’t solve it. We know that.

What we hope to achieve with this series is to highlight how the built environment interacts with these issues and encourage you - the practitioners - to be the catalysts of change. To become both change-makers and change-ambassadors.

Our intent is about asking better questions and having better conversations with all stakeholders in every community. It does feel overwhelming and - it is - but we owe it to future generations to at least try. We hope you will consider participating in this food-for-thought-and-action series.

If nothing else, you will earn a total of 12 HSW CE Credits; hopefully, you will be inspired to contribute your ideas, help shape our thinking around critical issues, and take small yet impactful steps in your practice.

See you online. In the meantime, thank you for your role in designing a world in which all of us can thrive now and in the future.

What? Our Change-by-Design series consists of 12 action-oriented 1-hour webinars. Each webinar webinar delves into what you - the practicing architect, interior designer, landscape architect - can do to foster prosperity while protecting the planet.

When? One webinar per month (typically on the last Thursday of the month).

What if I miss one of the live webinars? No worries, we will send you the recording for you to watch on-demand at your own pace and on your own time. You will still be able to earn the same number of Continuing Education Credit(s) you would have earned if you had attended the live session. A brief quiz is required for on-demand sessions.

Where? Attend from anywhere on any computer (and most mobile devices) with internet access.

What is the cancellation/refund policy? You can cancel at any time for any reason and receive a prorated refund based on the number of webinars remaining in the series.

Why? Because as architects, interior designers, landscape architects, you hold incredible power. The power to shape the built environment in which we live, love, work, play, and die. You are - by design - problem solvers and we need your help solving today’s biggest challenges. I hope you will consider participating in this food-for-thought-and-action series. If nothing else, you will earn a total of 12 HSW CE Credits over the course of the year; hopefully, you will be inspired to contribute your ideas, help shape our thinking around critical issues, and take small yet impactful steps in your practice. 

UN Goal 2 Zero Hunger

ZERO HUNGER BY DESIGN:
Building-Integrated Food Production

This session delves into how the designers of the built world can help alleviate hunger. We will be examining the changing food supply chain and how methods of food production can be incorporated into urban and suburban developments. You will learn how your building design can help reduce or eliminate food waste.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS BY DESIGN:
Peacebuilding Architecture

Can creators of the built world bring Peace and Justice to the planet?  Can they create institutions that can reduce the fear of violence and create safety where individuals can flourish?  Yes, YOU can. The potential within buildings, developments and cities can represent society’s commitment to justice and democracy. This course will examine case studies where architecture and design have changed lives and promoted safety and peace and has strengthened institutions for the benefit of humanity.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 7 Affordable & Clean Energy

AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY BY DESIGN: Beyond Net Zero to Positive Energy Buildings

This course addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Affordable and Clean Energy and how the creators of the built world can facilitate this goal.  Energy is key to a sustainable world and buildings are the largest consumers of energy and producers of CO2. Join us to learn how you can create buildings that use less energy, make energy affordable and accessible and even how a factory can be a forest. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES BY DESIGN: Urban Livability

As a key player in the design of the built environment, you - and other design professionals - are in a position to positively impact the communities in which we live, work and play by being an instrument for change. As more people than ever before live in cities, their livability is put to the test. Your design decisions and the building practices you espouse weigh on an increasing number of city dwellers. Find out what you can do to positively affect the quality and sustainability of city life by designing for livability.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 1 No Poverty

NO POVERTY BY DESIGN:
Applying Trauma-Informed Care

Many people who encounter poverty, as well as related problems such as homelessness, crime, discrimination, mental illness, violence, and other societal issues experience persistent, and sometimes debilitating ‘toxic’ trauma. This presentation suggests that people can be assisted by designing empathetically for trauma, prioritizing strategies that support well-being and help preserve dignity. Through this course’s information and case studies, you will learn about the issues surrounding trauma and the guidelines of trauma-informed care, and the emerging principles of trauma-informed design that can help you create effective built environments that assist people in need.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BY DESIGN: Community Health Needs and the Built Environment

During this time of global focus on health, it is vital we expand our knowledge about the impact the environment has on our health. We will first look at health- and wellness-focused building standards, namely Fitwel and WELL. Then, you will learn how to find community-specific public health data and how to analyze it to figure out which health issues most directly impact your clients and their communities. From there, using performance and prescriptive design strategies, you will be able to create a cost-conscious health-focused strategy for planned and future construction projects.

Thursday, June 25, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities

REDUCED INEQUALITIES BY DESIGN: Empowering Everyone Everywhere

This course addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Reduced Inequalities and how the creators of the built world can facilitate this goal. Inequality is growing as explosively as the global population. What is the basis for the inequalities, how can they threaten the continued growth and development of the world’s societies, and even more importantly … can the built world reduce or even eliminate inequality? Join us to see how sustainable equity can be built by understanding how we can Change By Design.

Thursday, July 30, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

Responsible Consumption and Production by Design

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION BY DESIGN: Materials and Resources Strategies

This course will provide an opportunity for architects and designers to expand their thinking on issues related to sustainability with a focus on materials and resources. As key players in the design of the built environment, designers are in a position to positively impact human health while making design choices that respect people and the planet. Participants will derive foundational knowledge for making sound specification decisions and wisely using resources.

Thursday, August 27, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 4 Quality Education

QUALITY EDUCATION BY DESIGN: Best Practices in Sustainable School Architecture

Research shows that sustainable school design is not only good for the environment, sustainable school design can have a direct impact on student achievement and teacher performance.  This course will explore sustainable design strategies that best support learning and examine ways to leverage building codes and sustainable design rating systems to prioritize and optimize the design measures that most significantly impact student achievement and increase teacher retention.  We will also discuss strategies for energizing and mobilizing the design team and stakeholders to build consensus and accountability for implementing sustainable design and apply lessons learned from case studies of High Performance School projects.

Thursday, September 24, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

Clean Water and Sanitation by Design

CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION BY DESIGN: Water of Life

Water is one of the most critical components on planet earth for life to exist. Humans can only survive three days without water! All the water the planet will ever have is already here. Yet we have been abusing this precious and finite resource through waste, contamination and pollution.
As global populations continue to rise exponentially, the demand for water, sanitation and water management is also increasing exponentially; especially in developing countries.
In order to create sustainable societies, water is most likely one of, if not the MOST, critical factors. Join us to learn how new water strategies can change the built world.

Thursday, October 29, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BY DESIGN: Dementia Care for a Population in Crisis

Thursday, November 19, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time

UN Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BY DESIGN: Biophilia and the Wisdom of Nature

Thursday, December 17, 2020
1-2pm Eastern Time
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